We all want to be healthy, but sometimes it can be difficult to incorporate fruit and vegetables into our regular diet without becoming bored. This Butternut Squash Soup is a healthy recipe that is both delicious, easy to make, requires only a handful of ingredients and is great for your body.
When you go to the store to get the ingredients, make sure that you pick a butternut squash that has no blemishes and has a matte skin. If the skin is glossy or shiny, then it means it was picked too early and will not be as sweet as it should be. A gourd should also feel heavy for its size.
Now that you know how to pick a butternut squash, let’s get on to this delicious recipe!
How to make this delicious Butternut Squash soup
Ingredients Needed for This Healthy Recipe:
- 1 butternut squash
- 8 cups of chicken broth
- 1 cup potatoes, diced
- 1 cup of cream
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion, minced
Directions to Make Butternut Squash Soup:
- Pierce the butternut squash several times with a fork, then cook in the microwave for 8 minutes, then dice it.
- On the stove, heat the olive oil, then add the onions and garlic and stir.
- Add the potatoes, butternut squash and chicken broth. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes.
Not only is this healthy recipe for Butternut Squash Soup tasty, it has many benefits that your body will thank you for. It is low in fat, high in dietary fiber, has significant amounts of potassium and vitamin B6. It has a high amount of powerhouse nutrients, called carotenoids, which protect against heart disease. It has extremely high levels of beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A, which has been shown to help prevent breast cancer and age-related macular degeneration.
It is also a great food for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis because it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Studies have also revealed that eating the gourd promotes healthy lung development in fetuses and newborns, so pregnant women should definitely include this in their diet!
For an interesting fact, some people think that the butternut squash is a vegetable, but it is actually classified as a fruit because it has seeds inside of it.
Now that you know all of the health benefits to eating butternut squash and why it should be part of your diet, are you going to try out this recipe? Do you have any of your own recipes for this healthy fruit?